Culture Night … tonight in Belfast, Strabane, Derry and beyond

Across Ireland, tonight’s the night when arts taster events will be run in a town near you … for free. Last September, Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter was buzzing late into the evening as families walked around the streets, guided by maps and diverted by what their ears and eyes could pick out of the smorgasbord of music, pictures, talks, dance, comedy, street performers and one man soulfully playing trumpet from an upstairs window.

Tonight, the organiser has crammed in even more events, and even more activities for children. Check out the Culture Night Belfast website. Culture Night is also being celebrated in Derry and Strabane, as well as many other towns and cities across Ireland.

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  • Having a pizza slice in the Green Room of the Black Box last night (millions of screaming kids there), it was the first time in recent years that I had approached Hill Street from the Cathedral Quarter.
    The odd thing about so-called “cultural” areas like Temple Bar is that it is one big excuse to go all artsy and bump up prices to squeeze out ordinary folks.
    Thankfully the Black Box is cheap.

  • between the bridges

    TFIF! i am also looking forward to a night of culture (45 bands).

  • between the bridges

    I had a great night 42 bands somewhere in the region of 3/4k participants and supporters how did the other culture nights fair?

  • Rory Carr

    “…somewhere in the region of 3/4k participants and supporters…”

    How did that work out Bridges?

    Was it four thousand participants and only three people supporting or the other way round like, say, The Bachelors singing Diane at the London Palladium?